Snake Salvation? Snake handling TV preacher dies of snake bite

A snake handling preacher and star of the reality show Snake Salvation died yesterday after being bitten by a snake.

Jamie Coots, a Kentucky Pentecostal pastor who starred in a reality show about snake-handling, died Saturday night after he was bitten by a venomous snake during a church service. After being bitten Coots refused medical attention that might have saved his life, “on account of his belief that God would not allow him to die from a snake bite.”

Snake handlers like Coots draw their inspiration from a literal interpretation of the King James Bible, which says in part that “they shall take up serpents; and if they drink any deadly thing, it shall not hurt them.”

Raw Story reports snake-handlers believe that their ability to hold, and occasionally dance with snakes comes from what are called “the signs of the gospels,” which are found in Mark 16:

“And these signs shall follow them that believe; In my name shall they cast out devils; they shall speak with new tongues; They shall take up serpents; and if they drink any deadly thing, it shall not hurt them; they shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover.”

CNN reports Coots was a third-generation “serpent handler” and aspired to one day pass the practice and his church, Full Gospel Tabernacle in Jesus Name, on to his adult son, Little Cody.

No report on the welfare of the snake; however, it seems certain that Coots will be a frontrunner in this year’s Darwin Awards.

Jamie Coots believed a poisonous snakebite would not harm him because he was anointed by God. He was mistaken.
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  • Detroiter51_01

    Hahahahahaha! What a god believing idiot! Apparently, he didn’t give a krap!

  • ZedZero

    FYI, the snake in the picture is a boa constrictor, nonpoisonous.

    • DragonTat2

      Really? The boas I have seen don’t have rattles on the end of their tails like the one in the image above.

      • ZedZero

        opps your right. i fixated on the pattern.

  • Akshat Saraf

    Shameful to see that I share a world with such people…

  • http://aidevelopment.org/ Cato

    Don’t you just hate when reality bitch slaps your beliefs so hard it kills you?!

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  • Nathan Grant

    I always wonder with this people whether they believe this BS or if they just found a niche to make money or gain popularity. this guy totally believed it. Gotta be honest…not that huge of a loss…LOL.

    • Thin-ice

      Just so you know, this is NOT a way to make lots of money, like TV preachers. For the most part, these churches thrive among the poorest communities in the south, and even the preachers themselves aren’t living in lap of luxury.

      • Nathan Grant

        That’s why I also included gain popularity in my text. I’m sure there is a perk of money involved though. Churches are always taking peoples money tax free.

  • andrea

    When I was 10 years old, I told everyone I was Spider-Man.
    I had the tights, the shirt, the mask. I could even climb walls.
    I WAS TEN YEARS OLD. This guy was a fully-grown adult telling us THE VERY SAME KIND OF BULLSHIT STORY, and we the society treated him like he was a competent, sane, functional adult human being instead of laughing at his DUMB ASS and mocking his fucking stupid fairytale lie.
    What is it that when we take outrageously stupid garbage and stick it in a holy book, suddenly it’s not childish, outrageous, stupid GARBAGE? What if a grown man showed up in the middle of downtown Anytown, USA, and put on a super-man cape and started telling us he was INVINCIBLE!!!! HAHAHAHA!
    How long before he was dragged away to the loony bin? Yet, this NUTJOB does something so similar, it’s identical, but with a Christian cross over the top of it so of course hushed tones of reverence for the prehistoric-comic book, and not just reverence but open promotion — of ideas that come from what reads like A COMIC BOOK!!!!

  • Thin-ice

    And that passage in Mark 16 was added to the book of Mark likely after 400AD, so their stupid cult is based on a FAKE passage which wasn’t in the original! (Looks like Bill Nye was right during the debate when he scolded Kentucky for having sub-standard education.)

  • http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Censorship Censored

    This is definitely not as fun as Taffey Lewis’ Snake Pit Bar in Bladerunner.

  • pagansister

    Idiot born every minute and this guy was a great example of —Idiot!